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Best places to visit in Santander, Spain




Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

The unique cathedral became built within the thirteenth to 14th centuries in an austere Gothic style. However, plenty of the constructing was renovated after the fireplace. The outstanding 15th-century cloister (also restored) capabilities serene rows of vaulted arcades and includes the mausoleum of Santander writer and scholar Marcelino guyséndez y Pelayo.

Constructed on an excellent scale, the cathedral has an inspiring sanctuary. Three spacious naves are divided into four sections. Delicate vaulting with pillar columns add to the beauty. The cloister is square, with pointed arcades. In July and August, the cathedral gives free guided excursions each half-hour.

In the crypt of the cathedral is the Iglesia del Santisimo Cristo, a small austere church of the thirteenth century—the oldest in Santander. The floor is protected with glass panels that show archaeological remains of the historical Roman generation. The Iglesia del Santisimo Cristo homes the tombs of two early Christian martyred saints, Celedonius and Emeterius. Entrance is at Calle Somorrostro.




Quiet Beaches in Puerto Chico

Within the Puerto Chico (Little Harbor) district, approximately a kilometer from the metropolis middle, are numerous wonderful beaches. The Playa del Bocal is a small, sheltered, quite undiscovered beach; its isolated setting gives a outstanding get away to nature. El Bocal seashore boasts nice golden sand and slight waves. Signposts indicate protection dangers.

The Playa Molinucos (subsequent to the Playa del Sardinero) is every other small sandy seashore with moderate waves close to Santander's Municipal golfing direction. Vacationers must understand that El Bocal and Molinucos beaches do now not have public bathroom centers or other amenities.



Centro Botín

Centro Botín is an sizeable arts center, which sits on the water's area on the southern shore of Santander. The building, overlooking the distinguished Pereda Gardens, is a incredible piece of cutting-edge architecture designed via Renzo Piano, a Pritzker Prize winner.

The middle is targeted on all factors of modern-day artwork, with training, interactive experiences, and educational applications similarly to installations and reveals. Reveals rotate and consist of a huge variety of media and topics, along with visible arts like photography, painting, and sculpture, in addition to appearing arts like dance and music from classical to trendy rock.

There may be additionally an remarkable Michelin-starred restaurant at the premises which has picture-perfect perspectives over the gardens and sea.





Palacio Real de la Magdelena

Sitting at the stunning Peninsula of la Magdalena, the Royal Palace changed into constructed in 1911 for the Spanish royal family. In view that then, it's been used as a summer time home for the monarchy, a home for the international college, and a public park. Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds through numerous paths and experience the immensely stunning perspectives, in addition to the beautiful structure of the palace itself.

In addition to the palace, which capabilities storybook gables and flagged turrets, the Royal Stables are a famous vicinity to visit. Due to summer events and reputable uses, the palace grounds are open weekends simplest from June through September.

The Palacio actual de Magdalena is one of the ten stops on the town Sightseeing Santander Hop-On Hop-Off excursion, a convenient way to get across the town and visit the maximum popular of its important and outlying tourist points of interest. The excursion consists of 24-hours of unlimited get admission to to the open-top double-decker bus and multi-language excursion statement, with stops at crucial landmarks just like the cathedral, Museo Maritimo, Playa del Sardinero, and Parque de Matalenas.




Playa del Sardinero

El Sardinero beach has preserved the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque technology with its seafront terraces, severa fashionable accommodations, and pleasant eating places. This fabulous and expansive seaside is a famous beach vacation spot in Santander, for sunbathing, surfing, walking, and seashore eating. The seashore's scenic promenades are best for coastal strolls.

El Sardinero seashore is north of the Peninsula of l.  A. Magdalena, facing the Atlantic Ocean where the breaking surf may be dramatic. Skilled surfers waft along the wild Atlantic waves, which might be especially difficult November thru March.

In summer season, the extensive sandy seashores of Playa del Sardinero are full of sun-worshippers and colorful beach umbrellas. All through the holiday season, the seashore is a cute spectacle of living room chairs and colourful solar parasols in orderly rows. Even the sand is groomed often.

Swimming is possible, but the waters are less suitable for bathing here than other more covered seashores in Santander. The real club Marítimo (boat membership) is likewise on this region.





Parque de Cabo Mayor

About three kilometers north of El Sardinero seaside is the Cabo Mayor (Cape Mayor), domestic to the beautiful seashore Parque de Mataleñas and a spread of things to do. At the point sits El Faro de Cabo Mayor, a lighthouse that has been greeting ships as they technique the Bay of Santander considering the fact that 1839. In the lighthouse is the Centro de Arte Faro de Cabo Mayor, a museum that focuses on the lengthy history of signaling ships.

The public park has a diffusion of recreational areas, along with Mataleñas golf path (a public course), tenting, a rope direction at Forestal Park Santander, a children's playground, and swimming at Mataleñas seaside.





Playa del Magdalena

The Playa del Magdalena is a protracted, golden seashore in a stunning area of the metropolis, beside the Peninsula of la Magdalena. Indexed as a "Blue Flag" beach, the waters of Playa del Magdalena are calm sufficient for swimming; the swimming area is cordoned off by way of buoys for safety. Signposts suggest protection hazards on a daily foundation. Systems inside the water are designed for swimmers to rest and sunbathe.

Magdalena seashore additionally has a marina packed with docked boats and a yacht club/crusing college with water sports activities rentals. An open-air snack stand gives refreshments.

The sandy shorelines of Playa del Magdalena make bigger for nearly one kilometer. The seashore is nicely equipped with public toilets and showers, solar parasols, and front room chairs for hire. A kid's play vicinity is popular with younger children.